pink lemonade

We recently returned from renting a cottage on Cape Cod and it was sensational. Never having rented a summer home before we weren’t sure about what to expect but were surprisingly pleased. The cost was significantly less than a hotel. We had a kitchen. And most importantly, we didn’t feel like we were on someone else’s schedule. Breakfast was served whenever we felt like eating and we didn’t have to concern ourselves with anyone knocking on the door to clean the room. Little things I know, but they mean a lot when you want to relax. And relax we did.
During our stay we made plenty of pink lemonade and frozen chocolate cream. How summery is that? Both are incredibly easy to make and the best part is that you don’t need a machine to make the frozen pops.

beach umbrella
frozen chocolate

I can’t recommend a Cape Cod vacation highly enough. There is much to do – especially if you’re willing to drive out to the National Sea Shore. There are plenty of places to stay and while we’re not campers, there are plenty of camp grounds available. And if you like retro this is the place to be. Almost nothing has been touched including the drive-in from 1957.
There are also great opportunities for walking, hiking, boating, antiquing, kayaking, beach-going, island-hopping (here and here), photographing, painting, shopping and eating. Boy did we ever eat. I don’t think I’ve eaten so much fish in my life – especially here. And the dessert? This place pours freshly cut blueberries and strawberries over their homemade ice cream and piles on the homemade whipped cream. On our way out we discovered a fantastic new patisserie. The cream puffs are wonderful.
choco pops frozen
chocolate pop collageseashell
We’ve decided that our vacation isn’t over. We going to gobble up every bit of summer imaginable and it starts with pink lemonade and frozen chocolate cream. Won’t you join us?
Pink Lemonade (from Ina Garten)
1 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (5-6 lemons)
1/2 c. to 3/4 c. superfine sugar (to taste)
1 c crushed ice
4 c water
2 tsp. grenadine
Mix ingredients in a blender and pour.
Frozen Chocolate Cream Pops
15 g valrohna cocoa powder
100 ml (about 1/3 c.) heavy cream
100 g sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
250 g Greek-style (thick) yogurt*
150 ml (about 1/2 c.) local heavy cream
1 tsp. vanilla
2 tbs. sugar
150 g good quality melted dark chocolate (add more or less depending upon how dark you’d like it to be)
extra shaved or finely chopped dark chocolate (as much as you prefer to mix in)
Heat the 1/3 c. heavy cream, 100 g. sugar and the cocoa powder over low heat stirring until sugar is dissolved. Mix in 1 tsp. vanilla. Cool.
Melt the chocolate and cool.
Mix together the chocolate syrup, the melted chocolate and the yogurt. Set aside.
In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, whisk heavy cream, vanilla, and sugar to medium peaks to form a Chantilly cream.
Fold Chantilly cream into the chocolate yogurt mixture. Fold in the shaved chocolate.
Fill Popsicle trays and insert wooden Popsicle sticks. Freeze overnight. Once frozen, loosen by placing ice pop container in warm water.

pink lemonade 3

So tell me, what are you doing this summer? Any holidays or day trips planned? By the way, if you want to see more images of Cape Cod or if you love hydrangeas, check out my other blog, Fresh Home and Garden here.
Bon appetit!
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55 Comments
  1. Beautiful! I love the frozen chocolate pops idea. I just spent some time with my family on our yearly vacation by a lake in western Maine. We rent a house and do whatever we feel like — sometimes hiking up mountains, sometimes reading all day, and often going for ice cream nearby. Glad you had such a relaxing vacation.

  2. I think I just died and went to heaven. Gorgeous, gorgeous pictures. We’ve been spending our free time between VT and NH. We never know what’s good to do on the Cape so thanks for the list. I know we’ll use it!

  3. The hydrabgeas do love it out in the sandy loamy soil, don’t they? The Cape is gorgeous, and it never occurred to me to rent a house. We’ve stay at the Chatham’s Bar Inn and loved it, but renting a house is a great idea.

  4. been dying to get out to the new bakery. you have no idea how good it is to have a decent one here. did you find good dinners while here? that is a hard one too.
    i need to get fudgesicles molds, badly. i keep forgetting. lol

  5. Glad you had a relaxing time El, and that the cottage worked out so nicely! πŸ™‚ Love the frozen chocolate cream idea… that in one hand and pink in the other and watching the sea… can’t think of anything more blissful

  6. Sarah- just had a lot going on.

    Vanilla Sugar- definitely make the trip. The cream puff is worth it. And yes, thanks we found too much to eat!

  7. In 1 week time, I also am going on a vacation!!

    Everybody needs that, from time to time, to reload oneself.
    Happy Days!!

    Your lemonade & chocolate cream popsycles look delightful!!

    Lovely & fab pictures too!

  8. What a lovely place and a great idea to rent a home. We did the same thing last fall with 3 other couples in Hilton Head and rented a huge home. Lots of fun!

    Your pink lemonade looks beautiful with the pink-tinged hydrangea petals. I still have fudgy cocoa pops in the freezer but would love to try your version too.

  9. I’ve never been to Cape Cod, but it sounds like pure bliss. Your photos of the Cape and your photos of your treats make me feel like summer is coursing through my veins. Thanks for this burst of sunshine in my day! Lovely post!

  10. Oh El, gorgeous, gorgeous, GORGEOUS!!! πŸ™‚ These pictures are pure summer bliss. πŸ™‚ I love those frozen chocolate creams. Mmm, can almost taste them now. πŸ™‚

  11. Oh El, this is beautiful. I love your photographs and the combination really speaks to summer. I am going to try the pops by the way, I’ll let you know how they turn out.

  12. Love your cape memories! Pink lemondae just screams summer in the cape to me. On another note, I am on week 3 of all-you-can-pick basil. Are you anywhere new Westborough? πŸ™‚

  13. Oh El, Now you’ve got me dreaming. Fantastic post and gorgeous photos! I rented a cottage in the south of France a few years ago and loved it so much that now I won’t go anywhere for any length of time unless I can rent one. I am so glad you discovered the joys of it (no matter how small). Yes, I’m going to join you on this one and bring a little summer vacation in our everyday life. Thank you for the wonderful inspiration and reminder.

  14. Cape Cod is definitely on the list. What beautiful photos! Those cream pops sound so good. I can’t remember the time I made a popsicle. I think I need to start with these!

  15. Wow that vacation sounds fabulous! I have always wanted to vacation near that area, do you think you could tell me the name of the place you stayed at?? If you get a chance, shoot me an email, it sounds like the perfect vacation for next summer. πŸ™‚

    And then these recipes, ah, both of them just scream summer and look so ‘happy’ and bright. Cant wait to try the chocolate popsicles especially!

  16. ah, breezy summertime thoughts turning to fresh, fruity lemonade and creamy iced desserts. Love the combination of colors in all these photos together — literally a day at the beach.

  17. ah, breezy summertime thoughts turning to fresh, fruity lemonade and creamy iced desserts. Love the combination of colors in all these photos together — literally a day at the beach.

  18. These both look irresistable. The chocolate pops are so much easier than I thought. Cape Cod sounds like a blast. A friend of mine is there for the summer and keeps telling me how amazing it is.

  19. Pink lemonade sounds (and looks) absolutely gorgeous. I’m envious of your beach shots (you must have a beautiful tan now), and totally agree that renting a vacation home is the way to go….I just love the flexibility that it offers.

  20. El, the pink lemonade is just the right thirst quencher for summer. And the chocolate pops look so good .. so chocolatey. Another great treat for summer as well.

  21. The beach looks beautiful. I’ve read about Cape Cod but have yet to visit. How is it in August? Thanks for the colorful post and photos and recipes!

  22. I love the photo’s here!! There gorgeous!! I want to make both these cooling treats!! Especially since today has been a scorcher!!

  23. I made fresh lemonade all of the time in my Thermomix. It is deadly. I love the idea of the addition of the grenadine. The jar glass you have used, the colour, your photographs… so fresh and refreshing and beautiful like the summer day you are enjoying. The chocolate cream looks really yummy, too. I get so frustrated with my popsicle molds. They are really nice, but so hard to remove the product from them without the outside melting. Grrr… I am enamoured!
    I apologize for being so far behind on my readings. We left for Paris mid July and I am still away in Belgrade, currently. I cannot wait to get home and cook! You have certainly motivated me to get home and enjoy my yard and to make some pink lemonade!
    πŸ™‚
    Valerie

  24. I made fresh lemonade all of the time in my Thermomix. It is deadly. I love the idea of the addition of the grenadine. The jar glass you have used, the colour, your photographs… so fresh and refreshing and beautiful like the summer day you are enjoying. The chocolate cream looks really yummy, too. I get so frustrated with my popsicle molds. They are really nice, but so hard to remove the product from them without the outside melting. Grrr… I am enamoured!
    I apologize for being so far behind on my readings. We left for Paris mid July and I am still away in Belgrade, currently. I cannot wait to get home and cook! You have certainly motivated me to get home and enjoy my yard and to make some pink lemonade!
    πŸ™‚
    Valerie

  25. Incredible!! I did not expect to see such a change when I clicked on your site in my reader. I love what you did with the page. It looks so amazing. I’ve always wanted to visit Cape Cod. I;m drooling over the ice cream pops!!!

  26. Ah, that frozen chocolate and pink lemonade, so refreshing in this summer heat. I went to cape cod once, took a ferry and went whale watching – so much fun!

  27. Because of my hectic schedules I have missed out on quite a few of your wonderful posts. I’m glad you had a wonderful holiday.

    The lemonade and the Chocolate pops look simply amazing!

  28. I keep waiting for summer here, but think this one will go in the history books as the coldest we’ve ever had. No matter. I can read and look — enjoy what you’ve shared. It definitely conjures up a desire to sit somewhere outside in the sun with a good book and both of your treats.

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